The Royal Adelaide Hospital Site Open Ideas Process
When the new hospital opens in 2016, the Royal Adelaide Hospital site will become vacant. This presents a unique opportunity to transform the site and to ensure its successful ongoing use. It is an opportunity to create a new role for this high profile site that respects and builds upon its significant cultural history and location. It’s about putting people and design at the beginning of a process, instead of at the end, and creating the future heritage of the RAH site. The site’s significance is reflected in the seven key objectives that guide this exploration.
— The site’s social significance
— Sustainable design principles
— A holistic approach to connecting the site to the city and the universities
— Extending public space into the Park Lands
— Respect for the cultural and built heritage while promoting innovative new uses
— Economic viability for the East End.
It takes many minds to imagine and shape great places. Open Ideas, the RAH site engagement process, has provided a platform for discourse, debate, creative thought and inspiration. It has explored many possibilities for the site and captured a broad range of the best ideas. The RAH Site process, led by the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA) was launched on Launched from a temporary shop front in the East End by the Minister for Planning, Hon John Rau MP, the RAH Open Ideas process occurred over a six-month period, culminating in the announcement of the winners on 10 December, 2013.
The process, titled ‘Open Ideas’ included a three-tiered engagement process that aimed to:
— Seek community values and ideas for the site’s future
— Gather and research stakeholder interests and expert knowledge of the site’s potential
— Invite designers to participate in a design competition to explore and test possibilities.
Integral to the Government’s vision for the Greater Riverbank Precinct, the engagement process explored how the RAH site can support a new precinct that connects with, and is complimentary to the adjacent Universities, the North Terrace cultural precinct, the Botanic Gardens and the Park Lands. It also explored how to maintain a population on the site that will continue to underpin the economic activity of the East End and City.
Significant public engagement saw over 25,000 website visits, participation in events and exhibitions and more than 4,300 votes in the People’s Choice Award for the finalists.
The process has been an opportunity to engage the community in the planning, design and development process, connecting their values and ambition for the site with those that negotiate, regulate and develop it. The value has been in growing the capacity to debate and discuss the future of South Australia.
The design competition received 126 entries from 48 countries. An independent expert jury short-listed six finalists to proceed to Stage 2 and further develop their design concept. The shortlisted teams were asked to consider and reflect the public values and stakeholder submissions in their proposals. The jury then awarded the First Prize to SLASH with Phillips Pilkington Architects along with a People’s Choice Award and Student Awards.
As the process has come to a close, Renewal SA is now responsible for the further planning and development of the site, including investigations such as contamination. The outcomes of this process are being consolidated into a Strategic Framework for the site. A Spatial Master Plan will then fully integrate the land use planning with the physical environment and will guide how the site will be used and designed. Following this, an Implementation Strategy will then be prepared to stage and deliver the project.
You can stay informed of the progress through Renewal SA’s website here.
- Open Ideas
- Event Gallery
Six design teams were were shortlisted from 126 entries by an independent expert Jury Panel. Shortlisted teams were required to partner with a South Australian practice for Stage Two of the competition. The shortlisted teams and their proposals for Stage Two of the competition are below.
Zuzana & Nicholas
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Slide 68 - Proposal
Slide 68 - Comments
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Slide 49 - Proposal
Slide 49 - Comments
Slide 36 - Video
Slide 36 - Proposal
Slide 36 - Comments
New South Wales
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Slide 1 - Proposal
Slide 1 - Comments
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Slide 12 - Proposal
Slide 12 - Comments
Bonhag & De Rosa
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Slide 14 - Proposal
Slide 14 - Comments
- Announcement Gallery
People’s Choice Award
People’s Choice Award Voting Criteria
A key part of the public engagement strategy around the design competition was the People’s Choice Award, the opportunity for the public to have their say on their favourite design. The People’s Choice Award was launched on 22 November and voting closed on 9 December 2013.
The Peoples Choice award was won by Nice Architects and Mulloway Studio for their design 'Adelaide Rocks'.
Voting was designed to encourage participants to make informed decisions on each of the designs to explore each of the projects against four criteria. to reinforce that the process is more than a beauty competition.
Voters were asked to rate each finalist’s design from 1 to 5 (with 5 being the highest) on four important criteria:
Connected and integrated
- — How well does it connect with the surrounding areas?
- — The site needs to connect and enhance its parkland surrounds, the adjacent universities and support the East End Precinct and the city.
- — The design needs to improve the way Adelaide fits together.
Innovative and economically viable
- — Does the design breath new life into the site?
- — The site currently supports 470,000 out-patients, 80,000 in-patients and 4500 staff per year.
- — The new design needs to demonstrate adaptive reuses, innovative new uses and bring a new population to the site to ensure sustainability for the East End, the Greater Riverbank Precinct and the State.
An inclusive place
- — Is this site a place you’d like to spend time?
- — The site needs to create public open spaces and be a place for everyone.
- — The design needs to make it easy for diverse community use.
- — Does the design respect the history of the buildings and the site’s cultural significance?
- — The site is a key site along the cultural boulevard of North Terrace and within the Education and Culture Precinct of the Riverbank Precinct.
- — The design needs to demonstrate best practice sustainable design, including adaptive reuse.
- People's Choice Award
- Design Ojectives
The following members of the Competition Jury were appointed to ensure an open and transparent decision-making process. The independent expert jury shortlisted six finalists at the end of Stage One and invited them to submit more detailed design proposals for Stage Two. The jury deliberated on Stage Two and the winners were announced on 10 December 2013, the same day as the People’s Choice winner. View the prize winning designs.
Timothy is an architect with experience spanning the public and private sector in Australia and internationally. Common throughout has been a deep interest in civic space and the role for design in shaping human-centered urban policy through effective public engagement.
He has held positions as Australia’s first commissioner for Integrated Design (SA), state president and national director of the Australian Institute of Architects, and advised the Australian Government as a member of the editorial board for the Australian Urban Design Protocol and the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council.
Tim holds board positions on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, the CRC for Low Carbon Living, the Australian Design Alliance and South Australia’s leading craft and design body, the Jam Factory.
Bob Nation is an award winning architect with more than 40 years experience in all facets of architecture both nationally and internationally.
He has worked and studied in Australia and abroad throughout this time, owning practices offshore for more than 20 years. He has lectured extensively at universities in Australia and overseas, has won design competitions throughout Asia and Australia, and has received a number of national and state architectural awards.
Dr Catherin Bull is an Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at QUT. She has led national and international consultancies in landscape architecture and urban design, been a commissioner in the Land and Environment Court of NSW and an academic for over 20 years, teaching, researching and supervising doctoral students, most recently as the Elisabeth Murdoch Professor of Landscape Architecture.
As an advocate for better quality planning and design she chairs and serves on planning and design review panels and boards across Australia, including the National Capital Authority, ACT Planning and Land Authority, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the Capital City Design Review Panel SA advising government and industry on open space and urban design matters.
She was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of her contribution to landscape architecture and urban design.
Timothy Hill is a partner in the architectural firm, Donovan Hill, a Brisbane based practice directed by Brian Donovan and Timothy Hill. They established the firm as recent graduates from the University of Queensland in 1992, where they are now Adjunct Professors.
Donovan Hill’s output is deliberately unspecialised, ranging through furniture commissions, public art projects, the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan, landscapes, laboratories, commercial office towers and domestic houses. Recent public space focused projects include the State Library of Queensland, redevelopment of QUTï’s urban campus, and two new city office towers with repaired laneways.
Timothy was appointed ‘Creative Director’ of the 2007 Royal Australian Institute of Architects annual conference and attempted to choreograph national reflection on how modes of practice can make as much difference to the built environment as talents, tastes and tendencies. He is a Curatorial Panel member of art+place, the Queensland Government’s Public Art Fund and a Board member of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Brisbane.
Shelley Penn is a practising Melbourne-based architect whose work includes advice to government and the private sector on strategic architectural and urban design for public places across all scales.
In addition to her award-winning project work, which has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, she has held a number of significant positions.
In 2012, Shelley completed a four-year term as deputy chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria. She was the associate government architect within the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2006 until 2010, where her role was focused on providing strategic advice to government, and on advocacy for better outcomes throughout Victoria’s built environment. She was also design director in the Office of the NSW Government Architect, a board member of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, and a board member of the Linking Melbourne Authority.
In mid 2011, Shelley co-chaired a review of the planning processes for Barangaroo, a 22 hectare development located at the north-western edge of Sydney’s CBD. She is a current member of the inaugural Victorian Design Review Panel and recently served on the Riverbank Design Review Panel.
Shelley is the chair of the National Capital Authority and past national president of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Dr Marcus Spiller is a principal, partner and director of SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd. His consulting experience spans land economics, regional development, housing policy, infrastructure funding and policy co-ordination systems.
He has taken up secondments as lecturer in Urban Economics at the University of Melbourne, adviser to the Minister for Planning and Housing in Victoria and Senior Executive in the Queensland Department of Housing, Local Government and Planning. He is a former National President of the Planning Institute of Australia and has served on a number of Commonwealth and State Government boards, including the National Housing Supply Council and VicUrban.
Catherine Slessor is Editor of The Architectural Review. She studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh and was in private practice before joining The Architects’ Journal as a Technical Editor and subsequently moving the AR.
In a long career as an architectural editor, critic and writer she has also contributed to a variety of international architecture and design magazines, including Architectural Record (USA), Arquitectura Viva (Spain) and Bauwelt (Germany). Her selected publications include Eco Tech, a study of the relationship between High Tech architecture and environmental awareness, and Concrete Regionalism, which considers the influence of vernacular traditions on contemporary practice. She has lectured in the UK, USA, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Argentina, and has won the International Building Press award for Architectural Journalist of the Year three times. She has also been a guest critic at the University of Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes University. Recently she was a juror for the 2012 Governor General’s Medals for Canadian Architecture and the 2013 Commonwealth Association of Architects Student Award. She lives and works in London.
Two exhibitions were held over the course of the project for people to view the Stage One and Stage Two entries in person. The Stage One exhibition displayed each of the 126 submissions from Stage One and was held on the lower ground floor of the State Archives Building on Leigh Street over the month of September 2013. The Stage Two exhibition was opened for the launch of the People’s Choice Award and remained open for the final announcement of the winners of the competition on 18 December 2013. Each shortlisted design team’s final entry was on display and featured presentation boards, 3D fly thoughs, images, as well as showcasing the Open Ideas Design Competition process. It allowed people to vote in person for their favorite entry for the People’s Choice Award.
Stage One Submissions
126 Stage One Entries
Stage One of the design competition ran for 6 weeks over July and August of 2013. The competition asked each design team to produce three A3 panels that addressed their conceptual approach to the competition criteria and the response to the site through master planning, schematic diagrams, and 3D visualisations of the proposal. 126 design submissions were received from 25 different countries. Of the 126 submissions, 71 were from Australia and 29 of these were from South Australia.
RAH Site Design Competition winners announced
Deputy Premier John Rau announced the major prize winners for the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site Design Competition. A total of $315,000 in prize money was awarded to designers for their innovative and creative ideas for the future of one of the key sites of the Greater Riverbank Precinct. Mr Rau said the design competition had facilitated an exciting and at times controversial discussion about the future of the RAH site. Read the government’s media release here. View
SA firms partner with RAH competition finalists
Six South Australian architecture firms have been selected to work with the shortlisted finalists during Stage Two of the RAH site design competition. The firms are Roarkus Moss, Mulloway Studio, Siteplan, Dash Architects, Phillips Pilkington Architects and Taylor Cullity Lethlean. The local knowledge and context that these firms will bring to the process will be critical to developing the final submissions which are due to be released in mid-November. The ideas from the public and stakeholders will also be informing the final submissions. Read the government’s media release here. View
Six finalists announced
The final six shortlisted design teams that will progress to Stage Two have been announced. From an innovative array of entrants, the independent Jury unanimously shortlisted submissions from the following design teams: Slash (Victoria), Zuzana and Nicholas (Queensland), Oculus (New South Wales), Nice Architects (Slovakia), Ysalazam (Colombia), Bonhag and De Rosa (Germany). The shortlisted teams will now work with a registered South Australian Architect or Landscape Architect and develop their ideas using feedback from the community and stakeholders. To view the finalists click FINALISTS in the main menu.
126 submissions received in RAH site design competition
Stage One of the RAH Site International Design Competition closed on 28 August 2013. A great response was received with 24 countries providing submissions. Read the government’s media release and keep in touch for the announcement of the six shortlisted teams on 13 September.
Open Ideas Marketplace – Invitation
The Office for Design + Architecture SA is hosting an Open Ideas Marketplace on Saturday 31 August 2013 and we would love you to come along. Trade your thoughts and ideas, discover information about the site and its context and help play a part in developing a vision for its future. The Marketplace will be held at the State Library of SA from 1pm–4pm and coffee and refreshments will be provided. View invitation.
Stage One registration info
Quick reminder — the registration period for Stage One of the Open Ideas International Design Competition closes on Wednesday 14 August 2013 and Stage One submissions are due at 2pm on Wednesday 28 August. The Competition is open to registered architects and landscape architects from around the world, with significant fees and prizes to be awarded, including a People’s Choice Award.
Join us on Facebook
The ODASA facebook page is back in use — another way to stay in touch, share ideas for the RAH site and read about what others are saying. ’Like us’ to join in the conversation and find out about upcoming events. Find us here.
RAH site launch
‘We now have design at the beginning of the process for our city, not something that’s an afterthought at the end’ — Deputy Premier John Rau. On Thursday 18 July, the Deputy Premier John Rau launched the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site Open Ideas International Design Competition and the commencement of community participation in the design process. The RAH site is an integral part of the Greater Riverbank Precinct and is much loved by South Australians. At the launch event, which was held at a vacant shopfront in the East End, over 100 people attended to support the initiative — a combination of interested parties and the general public who dropped in to share their ideas for the future of the RAH site. A video from the launch event can be viewed here.
The following reports collate and summarise the outcomes from the Open Ideas process.
A summary of key media releases and articles
- 280m-tall observation towers, mountain in CBD and revolving restaurants proposed for former RAH site
- Brief released for RAH design competition
- Complete access: Art Gallery’s radical vision
- Design by Slash judged best plan for rebirth of RAH site
- Design competition to decide old RAH’s future
- Hospital pass for public
- International design comp for old RAH site announced by SA Premier
- Judges back debate on RAH site
- Judges for RAH comp announced
- Locals get a share of RAH action
- Old RAH design competition launched
- People’s Choice Award voting opens in RAH competition
- RAH competition winners
- RAH design competition attracts 126 entries
- RAH shortlist announced
- RAH Site Design Competition
- SA Government launches design competition for existing RAH site
- Six finalists shortlisted for design of old RAH site
- Six Shortlisted for the RAH Competition
- Slash design wins Royal Adelaide Hospital site competition
- Slash/Philips Pilkington wins Royal Adelaide Hospital site competition
- Stage Two Feature
- Voting now open for RAH Site Design Competition
- Voting now open for RAH Site Design Competition
- Which RAH design to vote for? A guide
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